Poll question is: The Boy Scouts last year revised its policies to allow openly gay young people to be scouts but not to permit openly gay men to be scoutmasters. Do you favor or oppose this policy?
The Boy Scouts’ image, once defined by idyllic Norman Rockwell paintings, has suffered during the contentious debate over whether gay youths and adults should be allowed to participate in Scouting, according to a public opinion poll.
Rasmussen Reports, an independent polling firm, asked the following question in a telephone survey: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable, or very unfavorable impression of the Boy Scouts of America?”
According to the poll, 59 percent of American adults have a very favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of the Boy Scouts. That’s a 6-point drop since last May, and a 14-point drop since February 2012.
The Rasmussen poll did contain some good news for the Boy Scouts: Eighty percent said Scouting is good for young people.